Using Starling in the Czech Republic 🇨🇿


#1

Off to Prague soon and I’m hoping the lack of an existing topic is a good indication that all is well!

I’ll report back on my return…


#2

Have you been before? Fantastic place! I’ve been a few times, love going back. Have a great time :+1:t2:


#3

Yes, been three times (last time was my honeymoon). Now a chance to take the family :slight_smile:

Looking forward to seeing the place again and also finding how Starling will make life easier!


#4

I’m here (In Prague) right now. No problems with acceptance from my point of view.

Some merchants (not many in my experience) only accept cash.


#5

No problems encountered - Only benefits! We found some restaurants that only took cash but they were generally close enough to a bank to use an ATM (One even had an ATM in the courtyard). Many terminals allowed the card to be used contactless but sometimes needed a PIN entered as well (Probably down to the transaction value but I didn’t note this)

All the ATMs I used offered either a fixed exchange rate to then charge my account in £ or just to use CZK and get whatever your bank offers - No guesses needed for what I did! It’s really sad but it was great to get an instant value displayed on my smartwatch when I drew cash out that showed the savings made! For example, drawing out 4000 CZK would have cost me £153 if I’d taken the machine rate but the Starling conversion meant it was only £135 - Quite a saving!

I haven’t moved my banking over to Starling so I’d transferred my budgeted holiday spending money into the account - Very easy to then keep track on the app :slight_smile: